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A Plea for Eros

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 240 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0340839783 | Isbn-13: 9780340839782 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
This is a stunning collection of essays by the author of "What I Loved", in which she addresses many of the themes explored in her novels - identity, sexual attraction, relationships, family, mental illness, the power of the imagination, a sense of belonging and mortality. In three cases, she focuses on the novels of other writers - Dickens, James and Fitzgerald. She also refers to her own novels, affording an unusual insight into their creation. Whatever her topic, her approach is unaffected, intimate and conversational, inviting us both to share her thoughts and reflect on our own views and ideas.
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    - Hustvedt's essays are very
    writerly, usually exploring issues of identity or literary concepts. Her thought-provoking writings are at once intellectual and sentimental
    - the piece "Gatsby's G;asses" is a charming review on the Great Gatsby
    - "Of course women are sexual objects; so are men," she ...continue

    - Hustvedt's essays are very writerly, usually exploring issues of identity or literary concepts. Her thought-provoking writings are at once intellectual and sentimental - the piece "Gatsby's G;asses" is a charming review on the Great Gatsby - "Of course women are sexual objects; so are men," she writes, sensibly, and issues a "plea that we not forget ambiguity and mystery, that in matters of the heart we acknowledge an abiding uncertainty." -But she cloaks her vulnerability in mock humility. She makes coy assertions ("when I finally produced a poem I liked, I sent it to The Paris Review; and to my astonishment, the poem was accepted and published") and waxes auto-hagiographic ("I held fiercely to the lonely idea of my great destiny"). Even her lousy junior high experience is a sign that her woundedness has rendered her special.

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